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UA Little Rock to host Ibram X. Kendi as closing Diversity Month Speaker

Photo of Ibram X. Kendi by Stephen Vosssmall
Photo of Ibram X. Kendi by Stephen Vosssmall

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning historian and author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” as the final speaker for Diversity Month. 

Kendi will speak about the book “How to be an Antiracist” and antiracism work in higher education during a virtual event held via Zoom at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31.

UA Little Rock students, faculty, and staff may register for “An Evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi” and submit a question to Kendi by visiting

Chancellor Christina Drale will provide opening remarks, while Lauren Wilson, assistant director of the Multicultural Center, will moderate the discussion.

Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist” was one of three books read during UA Little Rock’s Inaugural Campus Read on Race & Ethnicity, during which students, faculty, and staff engaged in small-group conversations. 

“Hosting Dr. Kendi not only gives us the incredible opportunity to end Diversity Month and the Campus Read on a high note, but it also reminds the UA Little Rock community that working towards an equitable, antiracist campus environment requires an ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others,” Wilson said.

Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today.

For more information on Kendi, please visit